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The Hot 100 in 2014: The Sound of Women Laughing

It started with Beyonce, riding her alcohol-fueled “surfbort” into a flurry of giggles, and ended, for now, with Nicki Minaj’s demented chortle on “Anaconda”. In between it popped up in actuality and in attitude, in phrases and poses, in choruses … Continue reading

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Voiceless
Hot 100 Roundup—1/3/15

In what I hope won’t become an annual tradition, the first week of Billboard’s new year (the last full week of December in the rest of the world) is filled with finalists from The Voice, including, I assume, the winner … Continue reading

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Hot Lips
Hot 100 Roundup 11/15/14

Taylor Swift “Blank Space”, #18 “Style”, #60 “Wildest Dreams”, #76 “Bad Blood”, #80 Fans choice: now that the album is out we find out what Swift’s audience wants to hear. In the past, nearly every track from a Swift album … Continue reading

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Trumpets and Tripe
Hot 100 Roundup—6/14/14

5 Seconds Of Summer—“Good Girls” #34 Oh, good, I don’t need to like them after all. Not just because this is lumbering, overblown, sexist tripe, but because they haven’t got the brains to produce even semi-interesting sexist tripe. I.e., in … Continue reading

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Feet Don’t Fail Me Now: Hot 100 Roundup—2/1/14

Shakira featuring Rihanna—“Can’t Remember to Forget You” #28 I think its fair to say that the last thing anyone would expect from either Shakira or Rihanna is ska, especially ska that sounds so 90s in origin. Neither singer comes across … Continue reading

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So There: Hot 100 Roundup—10/12/13

Drake “All Me” (featuring 2 Chainz & Big Sean), #20 “The Language”, #51 “Furthest Thing”, #56 “Too Much”, #64 “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” (featuring Jay Z), #65 “From Time”, #67 “Own It”, #78 “Tuscan Leather”, #81 “Come Thru”, #87 … Continue reading

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It’s Just a Reflection of a Reflection, Honest: Hot 100 Roundup—9/28/13

Zedd featuring Haley Williams of Paramore—“Stay the Night” #51 Another step toward the mixing of EDM with more traditional pop music, and the best of the bunch so far (though considering the competition—Avicii and Swedish House Mafia—that may not be … Continue reading

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Dance, Mr. Mambo, Dance! Hot 100 Roundup—7/13/13

Eli Young Band—“Drunk Last Night” #79 A good song, but the performance and arrangement are strictly average. Despite three decent, promising singles, I still can’t hear anything that sets Young apart from the pack. Maybe there’s no there there. Avicii—“Wake … Continue reading

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Hanging in There: Hot 100 Roundup—6/8/13

I’ve fallen way behind, which I feel some need to explain to those twenty or so people—most of whom I know by sight—who continue to read this column. Mostly I’ve fallen behind because I’ve been working on something totally unrelated … Continue reading

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Gangs, Girls, and Good Ol’ Boys: Hot 100 Roundup—5/25/13

Mariah Carey featuring Miguel—“#Beautiful” #24 The guitar intro sounds off at first, like someone without chops trying to play the opening of The Temptation’s “My Girl” and having to cut large sections of it in order to stay on the … Continue reading

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